Wright: We were worthy winners

6th March 2019

Anthony Wright believes Swansea City Under-19s were “worthy winners” as they edged past Cardiff City in the FAW Youth Cup semi-finals.

The young Swans progressed to the final of the competition following a 1-0 victory at Stebonheath Park – home to Llanelli Town.

A strong side – featuring 11 players that have all been involved with the under-23s at some point this season – controlled most of the first half and edged their noses in front before the break through Oli Cooper.

The under-19s then displayed a great degree in the way they limited Cardiff’s opportunities in the second half and eventually saw out the victory that keeps them on course for a 10th consecutive title.

“Overall, I think we were worthy winners,” Wright said.

“It’s a competition we take seriously every year. We don’t play in many competitions throughout the season, so we always pinpoint this one and want to win it.

“Cardiff had their strongest team out tonight and we did the same, which goes to show how important it is to us. 

“It was a tough challenge this evening and one we’re very pleased to come through.”

The decisive moment came in the 44th minute when Cooper chased Cameron Evans’ hopeful long ball, before sliding in to dispossess Cardiff keeper George Ratcliffe and slot into the empty net.

“It’s a goal I need to watch again because I’m still not sure how he managed to win the ball from there!” Wright laughed.

“Oli never gave up, chased a lost cause, came away with the ball and finished excellently.

“I was really pleased for him because he performed well tonight.”

TNS or Cardiff Met stand in the way of the Swans lifting the trophy for the 10th year running.

And Wright has encouraged his players to thrive on the pressure of maintaining their proud record in the competition.

“Sometimes, it does add more pressure on the players not wanting to be the team to lose our grip on the trophy.

“However, it’s good because we want our boys to progress to the under-23s and first team, so they need to be able to deal with situations like this.

“We’re excited to get through to another final. It gives us something to look forward to at the end of the season.”